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Looking back

I’ve been rummaging through memories and memorabilia in preparation for my Focus on the Masters interview.

One of my earliest creative endeavors. My friend Sue and I made puppets from paper bags and invited the neighborhood kids to watch the shows we wrote, directed, and performed.

One of my earliest creative endeavors: my friend Sue and I made puppets from paper bags and invited the neighborhood kids to watch the shows we wrote, directed, and performed (circa 1966)

 

FOTM is a nonprofit art appreciation program that documents, preserves, and presents the works and lives of contemporary artists in southern California.

 

1966ish Art-a-matic

Early visual art… My abstract period ;-)

 

Was I a bit of a drama queen back then?

Was I a bit of a drama queen back then?

 

The FOTM archive includes oral histories, videotaped interviews, photographic portraits, and examples of artists’ work. I’m extremely honored to have been selected for inclusion.

 

1975 travel journal

My first travel abroad: two months in Europe with the family. I kept an illustrated journal with reminders of funny moments. We arrived in London too early to check in to our apartment and were welcomed in the park by a pooping pigeon who had no respect for our map. Got me started off well on “rough travel” ;-)

 

Founded in 1994 (while I was living in Dharamsala learning Tibetan appliqué as an apprentice), FOTM is the only biographical resource project of its kind in the country.

 

1992 Norbulingka first sight of Tibetan applique

My first glimpse of Tibetan applique at the Norbulingka Institute in 1992. The buildings were still under construction at that time, but beautiful creations were already forming inside. I’m so grateful for that day and for that excursion as an economic development volunteer…

 

1993ish apprentice group Dharamsala Dorje Wangdu

With my precious teacher, Dorje Wangdu, and fellow apprentices in Dharamsala. We’re all dressed up traditionally (not an everyday occurrence) so it was probably Losar (Tibetan New Year), 1993 or 1994.

 

Part of the FOTM documentation process is a taped interview with founder Donna Granata in front of a live studio audience.  Let me know if you’d like to be in that audience on March 28!

 

1996 stitching at home with Pooja

Stitching a Buddha while my neighbor Pooja knits. In Dharamsala, circa 1996.

 
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Today’s stitching

I’m working on a new commission for the woman with whom my Saraswati thangka lives.

This one is personal, nontraditional.

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo work in progress 2015

I love the movement of this water. The waves were a challenge to stitch… so many little curves… and the white thread is so delicate it breaks after every few stitches!

 

It’s designed to reflect themes of darkness and light, open spaces and narrow places… themes that have arisen in the patron’s life and which we explored in retreat together.

 

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo work in progress 2015

Fluffy clouds always make me happy… in the sky and in my work. The forms are so gentle, the colors soft, the stitching an easy pleasure.

 

It’s fun to work with a variety of fabrics

 

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo work in progress 2015

It all starts with fabric… well, no, I suppose it starts earlier, with the silkworm and the cotton plant and the workers and their parents… and all the way back through beginningless time.

 

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo work in progress 2015

Dancing lotus blossoms :-)

 

I’m enjoying this new process. Always curious as to what will emerge. Still not sure what shape the finished piece will take.

 

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo work in progress 2015

Fertile mud, leafy moisture, pristine lotus emerging.

 

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo work in progress 2015

Open space of possibility. Waiting only for the sun.

 

Stay tuned…

 
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A thread runs through it…

Note from Leslie:

Have you heard of the Stitching Buddhas Virtual Apprentice Program? It’s the means by which I teach fabric-loving Buddhist women around the world to stitch sacred beauty — beauty like you see in these wake-ups each week. Might you be a stitching buddha?

If you yearn to integrate your creativity and your spirituality, you just might be. Make art your sacred practice. Visit StitchingBuddhas.com for more info and send me an email if you have any questions.

 
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Space for new choice

Note from Leslie:

Put yourself in the heart of the Buddha. Commission an original silk thangka designed to connect your own practice and growth with ancient imagery and timeless wisdom.

Click here to learn more about the personalized interactive commission experience.

 
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